A very Italian evening at Giovanni Rana restaurant

Nostalgia of the old times!  This is what I felt at Giovanni Rana’s restaurant when I was invited for dinner in the company of all the most popular Italian food companies I have known since childhood.

I saw all the faces behind all the big Italian brands I grew up with: Cirio, Barilla, Rio Mare, Lavazza, Zonin… and many many more. I knew every single product very well.

The occasion was the launch of  “Ciao Gusto” where all the largest Italian brands have joined together and are now available in the UK too.

There was lots of freshly sliced salami and prosciutto on display, beautifully prepared and lots of wine including Prosecco at our arrival.

Preparing ham at Giovanni Rana restaurant

Antipasti at Giovanni Rana restaurant

serving food at Giovanni Rana restaurant

I chatted all the time and non-stop, the restaurant was in fact filled with Italians! The atmosphere was very lively and everyone seemed to be having a very good time indeed; I just felt at home. When you dine with Italians you can be sure there is never shortage of food and wine.

Italians dining

There is something about Italians eating all together: lots of noise, laughs, good food, good wine and yes.. a great atmosphere!

Dinner at Giovanni Rana's restaurant

I was served several courses. Giovanni Rana’s fried ravioli were my favourites. These can be savoury or sweet and they are extremely addictive.

fried ravioli at Giovanni Rana's restaurant

Cannelloni with bechamel and tomato sauce.

Cannelloni with bechamel sauce and tomato sauce

Ravioli with ricotta, spinach and mascarpone, perfumed with lemon zest were absolutely divine.

Ravioli with ricotta,mascarpone, spinach

The pannacotta had some “Fabbri amarene” or cherries seeded and candied in syrup which I have not had since I was a child. In an instant I was transported back in time. This is what food can do to you!

Pannacotta with cherries

And sure! I managed to get a snapshot with the master of pasta who I admire very much: Mr Giovanni Rana! Some time ago Mr Rana taught me to make tortellini by hand at his restaurant and I have been making them at home ever since!

Giovanni Rana

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9 Responses to A very Italian evening at Giovanni Rana restaurant

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Passare una serata con i titolari delle grandi marche italiane nel ristorante di Giovanni Rana deve essere fantastico, complimenti per la bella esperienza! Baci!

    • Alida

      Si veramente interessante conoscere i proprietari. Mi venivano in mente tutte le pubblicita’!

  2. elisabetta

    What a wonderful time you’ve had Alida. Yes, a table of Italians indulging in amazing food and wine, and of course, talking about food – that’s part of Italian culture, e viva! Another precious photo with Signor Rana for your album, good on you!

    • Alida

      Yes I must say I love going to events like these!

  3. Balvinder

    What a wonderful experience you had meeting Mr Giovanni and having dinner at his restaurant. Does he have a restaurant in Northern Italy. I am visiting Venice, Lake Garda, Florence and few other places in third week of october.

    • Alida

      There are several Giovanni Rana restaurants in Italy and in the North too. If you google them you will find them easily. Several are located on the motorways.

      • Balvinder

        Thank you! I’ll google.

  4. diana

    What a fun night and cool experience!!!!! Great pic of you two!

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